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PIA Press Release
2009/06/25

PAG-ASA to improve flood forecasting on Magat Dam operation

Tuguegarao City (25 June) -- The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) and the Magat Dam operators are now ready to construct a project to improve flood forecasting on the operation of the Magat Dam in Ramon, Isabela.

Engr. Leo Bunyag, Weather Station Chief of Northern Luzon PAG-ASA, disclosed that the Norwegian Government has funded the establishment of rain gauge in various municipalities to determine rain falls and the existing water level in Magat Dam.

Bunyag said the project will be established in the lower stream of Isabela and Cagayan provinces, most especially those that are heavily affected during flooding.

Magat Dam is very essential to Cagayan valley being the main tributary of the Cagayan River that supplies water to irrigation facilities and generates electricity for the community; however, Magat dam creates problems during rainy seasons and typhoons because of water released that affects agriculture and human beings.

When there are floods experienced in the lower parts of Isabela and the whole Cagayan Province, the people would put the blame on Magat dam for too much water being released. But the dam operators continue to disclaim that it is the very reason for the inundation.

To resolve this problem, Bunyag said the Norwegian government funded the establishment of rainfall gauge project to selected municipalities.

In addition, Bunyag also said they will rehabilitate the early warning devices of Magat to different municipalities in Isabela and extend it up to Cagayan province.

Cagayanos need the early warning devices to make them aware of an impending harm and in order for them to prepare during flood scenario and because officials believe that water released by Magat dam contribute much to flashfloods. (Ver/PIA-Cagayan) [top]

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